Do you know what happens March 11? There will be more light in the evening than there was March 10.
March 11 is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Of course, those who love longer days will rejoice since sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later for seven months.
That’s when Nov. 4 rolls around and will put daylight saving time will be put to bed.
Ben Franklin liked the idea of DST. It was first officially used in World War I when Germany changed the time hoping to conserve fuel. Europe followed and then in 1928 the U.S. came on board. Over the decades DST has been used and not used.
If you Google the subject, there are plenty of pros and cons about DST. If you think about it, though, there is probably not a subject overloaded with pros and cons these days.
•Here’s what’s going on round out town.
Hats off to our wonderful MHS Bands. The students competed last Thursday and brought home two Sweepstakes awards. The Varsity Band had a perfect score while the Junior Varsity Band was one judge away in sight reading.
•This weekend is a busy one so here is a brief reminder. First, the Iola Volunteer Fire Department annual barbecue cook-off and fundraiser begins this Friday evening with a crawfish and street dance. Saturday is the barbeque and auction. You shouldn’t leave either time hungry.
•Friday night is also Madison County night at HLS&R. Performer is Chris Young.
•Sunday evening will be a special treat with Dennis Ivey in concert at Madisonville’s First Baptist Church beginning at 6 p.m. Gus Andrews will be joining him. The concert is free but for those who wish to help financially, a love offering will be taken.
•It’s almost Fair time. Opening Ceremonies for the Madison County fair is March 15 at 6:30 p.m. That’s the evening items made by our talented folks are auctioned, so take your wallet.
The rodeo is then held March 16-17 and you don’t want to miss that. Fair week follows with the kiddos showing their projects March 19-24. This year the fair honors Mr. Billy Wilson, a life-long contributor, worker, supporter, go-fer, and everything in between for the fair. We need more like him at events like this.
•Also, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the day of the Irish in memory of the patron saint St. Patrick. Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal by the way. And don’t forget to wear green. To not wear green means you are subject to being pinched.
•A special time is coming Tuesday, March 20. That’s when the gospel singings resume at in the Midway Church of Christ Fellowship Hall and will bear a new name, the Lanier Stevens Memorial Singing.
Of course, finger food will be served at 6 p.m. to give you a little sustenance for that listening and singing. If you have an instrument and like to play, bring it along and join in. It will be a good evening. Lanier would be pleased with this.
•Next on the agenda is an open House at Madisonville Municipal Airport March 21. The event will take place at 10 a.m. More about that later.
•A new business is coming to town. Re-Read Books will soon open in the old Entergy building on Trinity Street. In addition to the books you’ll find and an array of custom T-shirts, signs and gift items. Stay tuned for more about that also.
•On our birthday list, Happy birthday to Rebecca Hull Moutray, Glen Schumaker and Angela McBee, whose birthday is March 8. Tena Measles and Warner Stewart share March 10 for their birthday
Sandra Bennett blows out her candles Sunday, March 11, while Emillie Harrison and Debbie Davis will do the same March 12. Hope Pohorelsky and Carolyn Karber have birthdays March 13 followed by Buddy Becker celebrating his birthday March 14.
And finally, spring brings out the best in a lot of us. It’s a time of renewed growth, new beginnings and a lot of smiles and love. It’s also the time to celebrate Easter.
Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian leader, was a person of positive inspiration. Gandhi once said, “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.
“Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”
The power of love. Easter’s coming April 1 this year. That’s what it’s all about.